Today’s run capped off Half Marathon Training Week 3! I had hoped to get my long run in outdoors today, but due to a variety of factors which included 93% humidity + a downpour I opted to hit the treadmill.
My training plan called for a five mile run. I accidentally did five miles (instead of four) during my last long run and literally felt like I was going to die afterwards. I barely made it home from the park before collapsing and incoherently mumbling about needing to take my legs off.
Today my goal was to finish the five miles feeling strong. To help me achieve that goal I decided to slow my pace down quite a bit. This strategy worked really well – I breezed through the first three with a big smile on my face. Just after the three and a half mile mark I could feel my legs beginning to get sore, but it was nothing bad at all.
When the run ended I was feeling pretty high on life. There may have been some self-congratulating going on 🙂 .
Following the #runChat hashtag on Twitter I always see people tweeting “easy 5 mile run,” “easy 10-miler today” and I’ve always thought WTF I’ve never had a run I could describe as easy!
Today I can finally say I did an “easy 5 mile run” though this makes me feel a bit guilty. I probably should have picked up the pace towards the end when I knew I was going to finish strong.
I’m definitely going to do more speed training this week so that I can improve my time on the next long run.
I purchased a Garmin Forerunner 210 last week to help me improve in both my long and short runs.
According to a shipping notification I received an hour ago my Garmin FR should be here by Wednesday!
Wednesday’s are a weightlifting day for me, but I’ll definitely take the watch out for an inaugural run on Thursday.
I’ll be honest, I’m intimidated by running outside in the heat and humidity that will be plaguing south Florida for the rest of the summer. I know that training in these conditions will make me a better runner long-term but I’m afraid of how much I’ll need to slow down to compensate. I’m already a slow runner as it is… if I slow down anymore I might not be moving! (Haha … but really).
I guess I need to stop worrying about all that and just get out there. The only way to improve is to start – no sense in putting it off. I purchased the Garmin FR to help push me to get outside more often.
Looking forward to resting my legs tomorrow and starting Half Marathon Training Week 4 on Monday!